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I'm the son of Portuguese immigrant parents and a native of California and the San Francisco Bay Area. While having spent the early part of my childhood on the island of Faial in the Azores, Portugal, where my father operated two family owned restaurants, the later part was spent growing up in a Latino neighborhood in San Jose, CA. I became intrigued with Mexican culture and then enthralled by the sights, smells and flavors of Mexican food. My love of Mexican food developed while scouring the open-air stalls and vendors of the local flea markets—frequenting the taquerias, carnicerias and the Mexican super mercados in my neighborhood. During the meals I had the honor of sharing with co-workers and their families my passion for Mexican food and ingredients escalated. I carried this enthusiasm through my formal training in culinary school and developed my skills in professional kitchens in Sonoma and Monterey at renown La Salette and Montrio restaurants.

Chef Antelmo Faria
Chef Antelmo Faria